About us



My name is Izabela Pitcher and I have been running Prior Attire for the last 12 years.Bluebell Victorian 1880s (4)

Prior Attire has been providing hand-made, historically-accurate clothing for re-enactors, museums and historical interpreters since 1999, including garments featured on UK television and at English Heritage, National Trust properties across the country and events worldwide.

 I have  been involved with historical costuming since my years at the University ( where I read English and got my MA in English literature) - and have been a re-enactor and costumier for the last 20 years or so, building a wide customer base both in the UK and abroad.I am a qualified teacher  too and had been teaching English in UK colleges till November 2012 when  I decided to devote all my time  to the development of Prior Attire -  the best decision ever! I may be working longer hours and sometimes for less pay - but loving every second of it:-)

 I have published several costuming articles, including 30 articles for Your Wardrobe Unlocked and Foundations Revealed, and  you can find dress diaries, costuming tutorials and event reporting articles on my blog, Damsel in This Dress.

 M first book, The Victorian Dressmaker, providing instructions on making Victorian ladies' garments. was pubished in JUly 2018, and the first edition sld out in record time - the second edition  is now available in the shop. I am now working on a volume 2, concentrating on the active wear  of the Victorian women, and another book, concerning female equestrian attire throughout the ages is also in development.


 In the last few years I have been helped  by my wonderful husband Lucas - his medical research background is invaluable for our science/medicine/astronomy demos, and his is an eager photographer too -  the majority of the photos on this site are his.

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In the last few years we also worked on na few film productions including  Horrible Histories, providing  some garments and taking a more active part as Supportive Artists - you will see quite a lot of us in seaons 4- 7!  



We are based in Bedfordshire, UK, but travel widely to events and markets - if you see us  at one of them, please come and say hello!


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